Career Paths of Some of Our Graduate Students

Over the years, graduates of our program who have concentrated their studies in the fields of Criminology and Social Justice have gone on to pursue an array of different careers in the public and private sector. Included below are examples of the career paths followed by some of our recent graduates:


Salena Brickey (M.A. 2004) is the head of a policy and research team in the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Family Violence Prevention Unit. In this role, she conducts consultations, leads an interdepartmental federal working group, and provides advice and expertise on emerging policy issues. Her current work focuses on violence against Aboriginal women.


Gillian Balfour (Ph.D. 2003) is a tenured Associate Professor at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario where she teaches graduate courses in Law and Moral Regulation and undergraduate courses in Research Methods, Sociology of Law, Criminological Theory, and Gender, Race, Class. Her current research project focuses on the paradox between the high rates of imprisonment and victimization of Aboriginal women, despite progressive law reforms to promote alternatives to incarceration and to criminalize domestic violence. Gillian is also exploring how neoliberalism in Canada has redefined the state's institutional responses to sexual violence.


Vanessa Chopyk (M.A. 2001) and Angela Moufflier (Whyte) (M.A. 2004) are Criminal Intelligence Analysts with the RCMP. They conduct both strategic and tactical analyses. Strategic analyses involve identifying trends, and forecasting and preparing threat assessments for senior management to assist with policy development and resource allotment. Tactical analyses involve supporting operational units in on-going investigations by identifying immediate threats that require enforcement action.  


Marianne Krawchuk (Rogowy) (M.A. 2008) is an Evaluation Specialist with the United Way of Winnipeg. Utilizing her research methods and report writing skills, she works as part of a team to build evaluation capacity, internally with staff and externally with United Way Agency Partners. Together, they create logic models, evaluation plans, tools, and methods that work best given the capacity of the agencies.


Rana McDonald (M.A. 2008) is a Policy Analyst with the Government of Manitoba, Department of Family Services and Housing, Disability Programs and Employment and Income Assistance Division, Strategic Initatives and Progam Support. Rana’s job entails research, quantitative and qualitative analysis, evaluation, and report writing and other forms of communication. She’s currently working on projects that involve Aboriginal access to healthcare, at-risk youth, and equality and rights for persons with disabilities.


Gosia Parada (M.A. 2010) is an Administrative Assistant with the Manitoba Health Appeal Board, where she is primarily responsible for assisting the Board’s administrator in preparing correspondence and arranging appeal hearings that the quasi-judicial tribunal hears on a wide range of medically-related appeals from the public.